The Department of Chemical Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Padova hosts >90 tenure & tenure-track faculties and has an internationally recognized leading role in the development of interdisciplinary aspects of chemical sciences, with research projects supported by European and Italian funding. In particular, DiSC has hosted 6 ERC grantees so far. DiSC research contributes to molecular sciences for health, alternative energy sources, catalysis, sustainable chemistry, sensors and biomedical diagnostics. DiSC hosts two PhD Courses: Molecular Sciences (www.chimica.unipd.it/sdsm) and Science and Engineering of Materials and Nanostructures (www.chimica.unipd.it/simn). The DiSC currently hosts a total of about 1100 bachelor and master students, 80 PhD students and 50 post-docs. A quarter of DiSC postdocs and PhD students come from abroad, funded by European projects, international programs and private foundations. DiSC has been selected as a Department of Excellence by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research Systems) to access nine million euro for the period 2018-2022, with the project NExuS: Nanochimica per l’Energia e la Salute (Nanochemistry for Energy and Health).
Stefano Corni is full professor in physical chemistry at UniPd, where he leads the Nanostructures & (Bio)molecules Modeling group ( http://www.tame-plasmons.eu ), and associated researcher at the CNR Institute of Nanoscience, Modena (Italy). After the PhD in Chemistry from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy) in 2003, he joined the National Research Center on nanoStructures and bioSystems at Surfaces (now CNR Institute of Nanoscience) in Modena, first as a post-doc and then as a tenure-track researcher (with tenure in 2009). He has been visiting scientist at ETH/USI Lugano (2014), and at RMIT Melbourne (2016). In 2017 he moved to UniPd. S. Corni has been PI of the ERC CoG TAME Plasmons ("A theoretical chemistry approach to time-resolved molecular plasmonics", 2016-2021).
After receiving a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2007, he was a postdoctoral researcher (2007-2009) at the Center for Molecular Modeling of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009-2012, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Chemistry at Tel Aviv University. Later he joined the Department of Chemistry of Duke University, first as a postdoctoral associate (2013-2014) and then as an assistant research professor (2014-2020). Since 2020, he is an assistant research professor in the Department of Chemical Science at UniPD.
Ciro A. Guido has worked as post-doc on the ProID project till end of 2021. He is currently an assistant professor in Physical Chemistry at Università del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro” (Italy). After the PhD in Chemistry from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy) in 2011, he spent 10 years as a postdoc at CECAM-EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland 2011-12), École Centrale Paris (France, 2012-2014), University of Pisa (Italy, 2014-2016), Université de Nantes (France, 2016-2018), UniPD (Italy, 2018-2021), and as an assistant research professor at University of Siena (Italy, 2022). C. Guido has been the recipient of a Maria Zambrano (2021, NextGenerationEU, 1st classified) and a Beatriu de Pinos fellowships (2017 BP 00207) and Co-PI of 2 LUMOMAT (2016 and 2017, www.lumomat.fr) grants.
He graduated with honours in 2017 with a thesis titled “A computational investigation on the electronic and optical properties of Au25(SR)18“. Then, he was a PhD student in Molecular Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Corni and got his PhD degree in 2022. To date, he has published 5 papers as first author in international journals.
Gabriel Gil is a a post-doc working on ProID in the group of Prof. S. Corni. Gabriel got his M.Sc. in Physics from University of Havana, Faculty of Physics in 2013, and his PhD in Physics and Nanosciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2017. He worked as a post-doc in the group of Prof. S. Corni before, and as a researcher at the Theoretical Physics Department, Institute of Cybernetics, Mathematics and Physics (ICIMAF), Havana, Cuba. He has co-authored 16 publications in international journals so far.
Giulia Dall’Osto is a PhD student at the PhD school of Molecular Sciences of UniPD working under the supervision of Prof. S. Corni and collaborating at the ProID activities. She graduated in Chemistry in 2019 at the University of Padova and in the same year she started her PhD project. So far she is co-author of 5 papers in different international journals
ProID is a research project funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation actions (RIA) scheme under grant agreement no. 964363.